That the generation to come might know . . . (Psalm 78:6).
God’s Word tells us of the importance of children in the eyes of God. In Russia and her neighboring countries, generations are growing up with little or no knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and reaching them with the Gospel is critical.
Russian children and their families face monumental challenges. Economic conditions have been unstable since the Soviet collapse, and even two decades after the end of atheistic communism, millions are left with an enormous spiritual vacuum. Parents want better lives for their children, and they are deeply grateful when caring local church workers show genuine love to their little ones. Because of this, evangelical churches have tremendous opportunities for evangelistic outreach and discipleship ministries dedicated to children. Best of all, as the children are shown Christ’s love through the local church and believe the Gospel, the children often become the evangelists to reach their whole families.
Children are the church of tomorrow, and whether it’s through SGA-sponsored summer camps, orphan ministry or Sunday schools, the God-given opportunities to reach them are truly vast.
October 16th, 2014We have been in Russia visiting missionary pastors and observing other SGA-sponsored ministries in action. After visiting a boarding school in the Russian city of Kokhma, we traveled to another orphanage in the city of Kokhma. There, the local SGA-sponsored Orphans Reborn team consists of three people: Ludmila Yatsko, Yulia Druz, and Misha Murekhin.
October 13th, 2014One of the key principles the Lord Jesus stressed to His disciples is that the world will know we are His followers by the love we exhibit toward one another. As the people of eastern Ukraine live day to day with their ongoing deep political, economic, and humanitarian crisis, the people of God are serving as the vanguard of His love and help.
October 9th, 2014The Brest region of Belarus is located along the border with Poland. This past summer, SGA partners helped make it possible for missionary pastor Valery to hold a camp session for about 60 teenagers—mostly from unbelieving families. For many of these young people, it was an unlooked-for gift from God.
October 6th, 2014Even though Summer has come and gone, we're still receiving tremendous reports and testimonies from our SGA partners about the wonderful ways Christ has worked in the hearts of the children. Not long ago, children’s worker Tatiana wrote from Belarus to tell us the story of a young boy named Vladik, and how Christ’s love is making a difference in a wounded young heart.